Dougal (name)

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Word/nameScottish Gaelic
Meaningblack stranger
Region of originScotland
Other names
Related namesDougie; Dugal; Dugald; Dubhghall; Dùghall

Dougal is an Irish and Scottish masculine given name. It is an Anglicised form of the Scottish Gaelic Dubhghall, or Dùghall. These Gaelic names are composed of the elements: dubh, meaning "black"; and gall, meaning "stranger". The Gaelic names are derived from a byname, said to have referred to a Dane, in contrast to the fairer Norwegians.

Variants of Dougal include: Dugald, and Dugal. A pet form of Dougal is Dougie.[1]

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  1. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". Retrieved 6 April 2010. which cited A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280050-7. for the given name "Dougal".